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rank

(rank),
1. The ordinal position of an observation in the set of observations of which it is a member.
2. To order a set of observations according to their rank.

rank

the place in a series occupied by a value when the series has been set in order according to a particular trait, usually size. Called also order statistic.

rank sum test
nonparametrical statistical test used to compare two methods by seeing if one method contributes more to the higher ranked values.
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Madeleine Rees, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia, has broken ranks to demand that UN officials, international peacekeepers and police who are involved in sex crimes be brought to justice in their home countries.
His peers didn't follow suit, but they did punish him through the grapevine by unleashing a set of tasty, intriguing rumors designed to alert the CEO that someone had broken ranks.
WORD is gradually filtering out that one half of the Old Firm have broken ranks and are trying to take their place in English football.
But now one Birmingham MP, Dr Lynne Jones (Lab, Selly Oak), has broken ranks with colleagues to back the broadcasters and denounce the music as "extremely annoying".
AT last a senior copper has broken ranks with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Government.